Fanatic jailed for the attempted murder of Danish cartoonist Kurt Westergaard
MOHAMED Geele, the Muslim fanatic who tried to kill Danish cartoonist Kurt Westergaard last year, was today jailed for nine years after he was found guilty of attempted terrorism and attempted murder.
Judge Ingrid Thorsboe, presiding over the trial of the 29-year-old Somali in the central Danish city of Aarhus said:
Mohamed Geele is sentenced to nine years in prison and expulsion from Denmark for life.
According to this report, the judge also ordered Geele to pay damages amounting to 10,000 Danish kroner (around Â£1,100) to Westergaard, as well as the costs of the trial.
The court had earlier found Geele guilty of attempted terrorism and attempted murder for his 2010 New Years Day attack on the 75-year-old cartoonist.
Prosecutors had requested he serve 12 years in prison before being deported back to his war-torn homeland and banned from ever returning to Denmark, while the defence asked that he only serve six years and not be forced to leave the country.
Geele broke into Westergaard’s home last year wielding an axe and screaming:
You must die! You are going to Hell!
Westergaard, who has faced numerous death threats since the publication of his drawing of Mohammed with a bomb in his turban in the Danish daily Jyllands-Posten in 2005, said he escaped “certain death” by rushing into a bathroom-turned-panic-room to call police.
A CCN report revealed that Danish intelligence officials had linked Geele to an East African Islamist militia allied with al Qaeda.
At a January 2010 news conference in the Somali capital of Mogadishu, al-Shabaab spokesman Sheikh Ali Mohamud Rage said:
We are very happy with the Somali national who attacked the house of the Danish cartoonist who previously insulted our prophet Mohammed. This is an honor for the Somali people. We are telling that we are glad that anyone who insults Islam should be attacked wherever they are.
The cartoonist has said he wanted his controversial drawing of Mohammed to show that some people exploited the prophet to legitimize terrorism. But many in the Muslim world interpreted the drawing as depicting their prophet as a terrorist.
Hat tip: Barriejohn